The Director of Alumni Engagement has launched an internal mentorship initiative that will help connect successful alumni with undergraduates looking for direction and professional and fraternal advice. The following is a transcribed and edited interview where the Director of Alumni Engagement and VP of Marketing discuss the program and the logistics of it.
VP of Marketing: If you could just give me a jist of the mentorship program, then I will get into my questions.
Director of Alumni Engagement: Sure, so Basically the concept of what the mentorship program is pulling alumni that kind of don’t know how to get back into ODPhi and helping out as well as giving the undergraduates some professional perspective of what they are trying to achieve by getting their degrees in certain fields and by connecting them with alumni in those fields to give them a better strategy or better game plan to get a head start in the workforce. A perfect example: If I hadn’t met Fred Davis, I wouldn’t understand some of the business sides of marketing and have gotten my foot in the door into other companies because of the connection that me and Fred built through the brotherhood. So the whole point of this is to give these younger brothers the opportunity to build these networking systems within their field with brothers who have already gone through those basic steps and have succeeded in the entry levels into the higher positions so they can get a jump start into those companies they are looking for.
VPM: What value do you see in having a program of this type within the brotherhood?
DAE: The value I see in it is that doing something like this, that through developing this program and as someone who might relocate to another area because of work, this program could help in strengthening the Local Alumni Associations through bro